The campaign, created by state Attorney General Maura Healey, will educate at-risk populations, including children, the elderly and low-income families, about protection from asbestos through a multi-faceted approach that partners state agencies with local school districts, according to a press release by the Attorney General’s Office. Read the rest of this entry »
The Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) second season of cleanup at the North Ridge Estates Superfund Site in Klamath Falls, Oregon, began Monday. The site is a residential subdivision that contains asbestos as a result of the improper demolition of 82 asbestos-containing military barracks that were once used to treat World War II Marines suffering from tropical diseases. Read the rest of this entry »
More than 45,000 people have died from malignant mesothelioma from 1999 through 2015, according to a Centers for Disease Control and Prevention report released last week, and the annual number of deaths increased from 2,479 deaths in 1999 to 2,597 deaths in 2015. Read the rest of this entry »
Residents of a remote town in the Northern Territory (NT) of Australia are calling on the government to step in and address possible asbestos exposure due to a building purchased with government money.
Members of the Tennant Creek community are calling for health checks to determine whether the town’s children are suffering from asbestos exposure after entering the unoccupied building, according to the Australian Broadcasting Corporation. Read the rest of this entry »
Florida’s Fourth District Court of Appeals broke away from precedents set by other states last month, ruling a widow could not receive damages for the loss of her husband’s companionship after he died from mesothelioma.
According to the Daily Business Review, the court ruled 2-1 that construction worker John Kelly’s widow, Janis, cannot recover damages under Florida’s Wrongful Death Act for the loss of her husband’s companionship because his asbestos exposure occurred a few years before their 1976 wedding. The two had been married for nearly 40 years when he died in 2015 from mesothelioma, a deadly cancer linked to the inhalation or ingestion of asbestos. Read the rest of this entry »
The meeting place of Britain’s Parliament is due for some much-needed renovations, and lawmakers are now in the process of determining the details of the rehab plan, which will likely relocate government workers for years and cost billions of dollars. Read the rest of this entry »
A buildup of fluid around the lungs, called malignant pleural effusion, is usually one of the late-stage symptoms of mesothelioma, a deadly cancer linked to asbestos exposure that affects the lining of the lungs, heart or abdomen.
The accumulation of fluid around the lining of the lungs makes it difficult for them to fully expand, and, therefore, for patients to breathe properly. Japanese researchers believe they have found a new, viable way to treat pleural effusion called intrapleural perfusion with hyperthermic chemotherapy (IPHC), according to Surviving Mesothelioma. Read the rest of this entry »
The United Kingdom’s schools are facing a serious health crisis after a government report has found thousands of schools are failing to follow safety guidelines.
One-fifth of schools that responded to the government survey were found to be “not fully compliant” with asbestos procedures, according to The Telegraph, and of that fifth, 100 were deemed “a significant cause for concern” and required intervention. The Department for Education said it emailed schools and determined the asbestos issues are now safe. Read the rest of this entry »
In June 2016, President Barack Obama signed the Frank R. Lautenberg Chemical Safety for the 21st Century Act into law as an amendment to the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA), the U.S.’s primary chemical management law. It marked the first time American chemical regulatory law had been updated in nearly 40 years.
As part of the first 10 chemicals to be evaluated under the reform act, asbestos, known to cause mesothelioma, a rare, fatal cancer that normally affects the lining of the lungs and abdomen, is set to finally be evaluated by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to determine its risk to humans and potentially be further regulated or banned. Despite well studied health risks, the use of the carcinogenic group of minerals has continued due to legal red tape, MyMeso previously reported.
While the change of presidential administrations and political parties caused — and perhaps continues to cause — some to question the Act’s future, the EPA seems to be moving forward with its initial plan. Last week the agency held a public meeting on use information for the first 10 chemicals to be evaluated under the Act — a step toward the creation of scoping documents for each of the chemicals. Read the rest of this entry »
A yellow spice that gives several Asian cuisines color and flavor has also been used for traditional medicinal purposes in the region for decades. Recently, the compound that gives turmeric its yellow color and powerful flavor, curcumin, is the subject of numerous malignant mesothelioma (MM) studies. Read the rest of this entry »